Statement from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) for the WSIS+10 High Level Meeting
APC urges member states who worked so hard to reach agreement on the WSIS+10 outcome document to uphold their human rights commitments online and offline. This means ending mass surveillance, both between and within countries. And releasing journalists, activists, bloggers who have been imprisoned as result of their use of the internet for human rights and social justice.
2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). It is also the anniversary of a multistakeholder experiment that helped bring the WSIS to a successful conclusion: the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). This book reflects on WGIG’s procedural and substantive contributions to the evolving global Internet governance dialogue and institutional ecosystem.
As part of the APC End violence: Women’s rights and safety online project, four women who participated in Women Rock IT, an event focusing on secure online communications developed in Sarajevo by OWPSEE in 2014, show how participation in this space changed their personal and organisational practices.
Anabella Rivera from Instituto DEMOS Guatemala: "Central America is a fairly isolated region, and with APC we will open up doors of opportunity in these countries"
The executive director of APC member Instituto DEMOS Guatemala, Anabella Rivera, was interviewed in Mexico by APCNews. She offers her perspective on APC’s milestones over the last 25 years and her expectations as a recent member of the network.
“We have been continuously involved in training a group of 4,000 technical experts, here in Latin America,” says Sandra Benítez proudly. She is part of Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes (EsLaRed), an APC member in Venezuela. Interviewed by APCNews, Benítez talks about the major achievements of APC in the past 25 years, and the ways in which the network has promoted collaboration among its members.
Michaela Svatosova is a Czech expert on gender and technology issues, who is now participating as a Fulbright Exchange Visitor in the Take Back the Tech! campaign team. APCNews interviewed her to know more about her expectations and the results of her research on online violence against women.
Avis Momeni from PROTEGE QV: "Access to information and technologies can help communities lift themselves out of poverty"
“The work we do within APC is complementary and there are many members who care about and work on community issues, poverty issues and larger societal issues,” says Avis Momeni, general secretary of PROTEGE QV, an APC member based in Cameroon, in an interview with APCNews.
Despite global attention, technology-related violence against women is still minimised and misunderstood. We want women and girls shaping the conversation for each other and for decision-makers. The best step we can take to counter violence against women is to share our knowledge with each other. For 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, get together, share your strategies and take back the tech!
The 2015 Global Information Society Watch brings stories on the politics of sex and sexual rights online from 52 countries worldwide. This GenderIT.org edition draws on and highlights the stories published there, ranging from the challenges and possibilities that the internet offers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, to female genital mutilation, the right to legal abortions, to the rights of sex workers, criminalization of sexual expressions or sex education in schools.
"Keep fighting for a free and open internet - if not, we are going to lose it": APC's Nadine Moawad's speech at the IGF closing ceremony
Nadine Moawad, APC Women’s Rights Programme member, spoke at the closing ceremony of the 2015 Internet Governance Forum that took place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, on 10-13 November. We invite you to listen to the full speech in the following video.